SBI Staff Association has threatened to go on indefinite strike

The State Bank of India (SBI) Staff Association has threatened to go on indefinite strike in mid-July after observing a two-day strike if the Centre failed to concede its just demands. This was stated by association chief secretary O N Bindroo after attending the Central Executive Committee meeting of the association here on Sunday.

Talking to mediapersons here, he said that the bankmen would observe a day long strike on June 12 in support of their demands, including pay revision, job on compassionate ground and pension-related issues. The association is also opposing privatisation of bank and outsourcing. Bindroo said that PM Manhohan Singh had announced that recession had nothing to do with India.

"The entire credit for this goes to the different banks operating in the country," he pointed out. He, however, lamented that despite all hard work by bankmen, they were denied their due. While maintaining that the employees of the Central government and public sector undertakings got 45 per cent wage revision, Bindroo said the Centre has offered only 15 per cent wage revision to the bankmen. Regarding job on compassionate ground, he said that the association had held talks with the Indian Bank Association (IBA) and it is the responsibility of IBA to implement it.

Source : The Times of India.

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